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October 1997 Issue

Caffeine Cleared of Cardiac Arrest Charges

Caffeine's reputation continues on the upswing. New research from the University of Washington, in Seattle, finds that moderate consumption of caffeine, previously exonerated of raising cholesterol levels, has now been found innocent of contributing to fatal disruptions of heart rhythm. Researchers looked at 362 cases of cardiac arrest, in which the heart suddenly stops beating, often with no apparent history of heart disease. Through interviews with surviving spouses, the researchers estimated the caffeine

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